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** The ''Legends'' story ''Vader's Quest'' end with Palpatine why he should allow the derelict Malla Malla to live after defying him. Malla Malla answers "because it amuses you to do so", to which the Emperor chuckles and says "Quite. Well played, little one."


* When [[Literature/TheLostFleet Admiral Leary]] is ordered to leave Captain Badaya in charge of the fleet, he suspects it's because leaders at Fleet Command who want to carry out a coup against the civilian government expect Badaya's notorious reputation as a loose cannon will precipitate a crisis doing something as a result of the posiiton he's in. When Leary returns and nothing has happened, Badaya, who had no idea what was going on, recognized the fact the only reason he'd have been given command was because of the expectation he would do something outside his orders. So, he found it hilarious to utterly confound whoever was trying to use him by doing absolutely ''nothing'' outside of his established orders.

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* When [[Literature/TheLostFleet Admiral Leary]] is ordered to leave Captain Badaya in charge of the fleet, he suspects it's because leaders at Fleet Command who want to carry out a coup against the civilian government expect Badaya's Badaya, a notorious reputation as a loose cannon and no lover of the civilian government, will do something to precipitate a crisis doing something as a result of the posiiton he's in. they can take advantage of. When Leary returns and nothing has happened, Badaya, who had otherwise no idea what was going on, recognized the fact the only reason he'd have been given command was because of the expectation he would do something outside his orders.outrageous. So, he found it hilarious to utterly confound whoever was trying to use him by doing absolutely ''nothing'' outside of his established orders.

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* When [[Literature/TheLostFleet Admiral Leary]] is ordered to leave Captain Badaya in charge of the fleet, he suspects it's because leaders at Fleet Command who want to carry out a coup against the civilian government expect Badaya's notorious reputation as a loose cannon will precipitate a crisis doing something as a result of the posiiton he's in. When Leary returns and nothing has happened, Badaya, who had no idea what was going on, recognized the fact the only reason he'd have been given command was because of the expectation he would do something outside his orders. So, he found it hilarious to utterly confound whoever was trying to use him by doing absolutely ''nothing'' outside of his established orders.





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* In ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'', the character Wang Liu Mei is TheMole during the entire series, pretending to be a valuable ally to the heroes, but then passing information on to the villains (and vice versa). As she expresses several times, she's simply bored and wants to see the world change — but doesn't care at all whether it is for good or ill.

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* In ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'', the character Wang Liu Mei is TheMole during the entire series, pretending to be a valuable ally to the heroes, but then passing information on to the villains (and vice versa). As she expresses several times, she's simply bored and wants to see the world change — but doesn't care at all whether it is for good or ill.



* Everything [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} Dogbert]] does, for better or for worse, is for his own amusement. He shamelessly misleads gullible people, encourages bad behavior and cons the morally bankrupt on a regular basis because he sees the world as nothing more than a source of personal entertainment. Even more so in the AnimatedAdaptation.
-->''[to Dilbert]'' I flushed down all of your socks down the toilet because it was fun. And I'd do it again! [[EvilLaugh Bahahaha!]]

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'': Everything [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} Dogbert]] Dogbert does, for better or for worse, is for his own amusement. He shamelessly misleads gullible people, encourages bad behavior and cons the morally bankrupt on a regular basis because he sees the world as nothing more than a source of personal entertainment. Even more so in the AnimatedAdaptation.
-->''[to -->'''Dogbert:''' ''[to Dilbert]'' I flushed down all of your socks down the toilet because it was fun. And I'd do it again! [[EvilLaugh Bahahaha!]]Bahahaha!]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. His overriding motive for playing practical jokes, messing with people's heads, and generally just being mean and insensitive is that it's simply too much fun to ''not'' screw with people. Occasionally he'll come up with equally humorous excuses, such as saying that he kicked Odie off the table just to prove to himself that gravity existed.



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* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}. His overriding motive for playing practical jokes, messing with people's heads, and generally just being mean and insensitive is that it's simply too much fun to ''not'' screw with people. Occasionally he'll come up with equally humorous excuses, such as saying that he kicked Odie off the table just to prove to himself that gravity existed.

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* ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}. His overriding motive for playing practical jokes, messing with people's heads, and generally The trolls who prank call Ghost during ''every single episode'' of Radio/TrueCapitalist Radio just being mean to hear him rage and insensitive is rage... and rage.
* In ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'', the Red Panda gives this as his excuse for [[spoiler:forging the Home Team's files]] to read
that his SecretIdentity is [[spoiler:his own commanding officer]].
* In the ''Podcast/BlackJackJustice'' episode "The Do-Nothing Detectives", police lieutenant Sabien has Jack and Trixie handcuffed together. He tells them
it's simply too much fun to ''not'' screw with people. Occasionally he'll come a matter of procedure, since they're keeping up with equally humorous excuses, such as saying a pretense that he's keeping them as material witnesses. In his narration, however, Sabien admits he kicked Odie off the table just thought it was funny.
* ''Podcast/FatFrenchAndFabulous'': Janel's interpretation of WWII double agent Garbo's motivations in offering his services
to prove to himself that gravity existed.both the Germans and the British. "Shits and giggles? Shits and gigs."



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* ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'': Aurora Va'el made pasta for a group of her friends once and laced it with LSD. She didn't reveal that until almost everybody ate some of it. Just because. Some time later, an AU counterpart of hers laced a cake with Skooma.
* ''RolePlay/TheDoomyAdventuresOfIrkenDoominess'': Melissa stated to Deef that torturing the humans was no more then a game to her and that she saw humans as nothing but something to overcome her boredom with.
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' [[spoiler:Adachi]] kicks off the whole plot, [[spoiler:at least from his end]], for what amounts to needing some entertainment.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' ''VideoGame/Persona4'' [[spoiler:Adachi]] kicks off the whole plot, [[spoiler:at least from his end]], for what amounts to needing some entertainment.



* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'': "Why did you do it like that?" [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/06/26/episode-434-wouldnt-you-like-to-know/ "We thought it'd be funny."]]

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* ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'': ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'': "Why did you do it like that?" [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/06/26/episode-434-wouldnt-you-like-to-know/ "We thought it'd be funny."]]



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', it was [[http://egscomics.com/comic/2010-07-02 revealed]] that the Hammers that all women can call forth to painfully (but harmlessly) reprimand offensive men actually cause more offensive actions/comments because it's a funny reaction. The immortal who created them did so for the gag factor. Susan is [[FreakOut NOT amused]].

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', it ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'':
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was [[http://egscomics.com/comic/2010-07-02 revealed]] that the Hammers that all women can call forth to painfully (but harmlessly) reprimand offensive men actually cause more offensive actions/comments because it's a funny reaction. The immortal who created them did so for the gag factor. Susan is [[FreakOut NOT amused]].



--->'''Luke:''' So you don't know why we were given them.
--->'''Justin:''' It ''could'' be as simple as a bored Immortal.\\

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--->'''Luke:''' So you don't know why we were given them.
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* The trolls who prank call Ghost during ''every single episode'' of Radio/TrueCapitalist Radio just to hear him rage and rage... and rage.
* ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'': Aurora Va'el made pasta for a group of her friends once and laced it with LSD. She didn't reveal that until almost everybody ate some of it. Just because. Some time later, an AU counterpart of hers laced a cake with Skooma.
* ''RolePlay/TheDoomyAdventuresOfIrkenDoominess'': Melissa stated to Deef that torturing the humans was no more then a game to her and that she saw humans as nothing but something to overcome her boredom with.
* In ''Podcast/RedPandaAdventures'', the Red Panda gives this as his excuse for [[spoiler:forging the Home Team's files]] to read that his SecretIdentity is [[spoiler:his own commanding officer]].
* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Gaea's most convoluted plans can have one of two purposes: making more in-game currency or humiliating her StrawMisogynist guildmate. Both the webseries and the comic have a point where she feeds her guildmate false info about the player that he admires just to create an awkward situation next time the two run into each other. And makes sure to be present when it happens.
* In the ''Podcast/BlackJackJustice'' episode "The Do-Nothing Detectives", police lieutenant Sabien has Jack and Trixie handcuffed together. He tells them it's a matter of procedure, since they're keeping up a pretense that he's keeping them as material witnesses. In his narration, however, Sabien admits he just thought it was funny.
* ''Podcast/FatFrenchAndFabulous'': Janel's interpretation of WWII double agent Garbo's motivations in offering his services to both the Germans and the British. "Shits and giggles? Shits and gigs."
* The whole reason why ''WebVideo/{{Scamalot}}'' exists. Specifically, James Veitch, in his [=TED=] Talks on the subject, has given this as one of his two reasons for replying to obvious scams - he wants to annoy them as much as they annoy him (the other being that [[GuileHero the scammers end up wasting their time on him instead of conning more gullible people]]).



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* In ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'', Gaea's most convoluted plans can have one of two purposes: making more in-game currency or humiliating her StrawMisogynist guildmate. Both the webseries and the comic have a point where she feeds her guildmate false info about the player that he admires just to create an awkward situation next time the two run into each other. And makes sure to be present when it happens.
* The whole reason why ''WebVideo/{{Scamalot}}'' exists. Specifically, James Veitch, in his TED Talks on the subject, has given this as one of his two reasons for replying to obvious scams -- he wants to annoy them as much as they annoy him (the other being that [[GuileHero the scammers end up wasting their time on him instead of conning more gullible people]]).
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* From ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the Brain Gremlin after he shoots one of his less mature peers in the face with a pistol:

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* From ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the Brain Gremlin after he casually shoots one of his less mature peers in the face with a pistol:

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** In another episode, the team encounters a green, extraterrestrial dog that they mistake for Beast Boy. After some wacky hijinks, the dog explains the situation to them.
--->'''Raven:''' And you didn't tell us this before because...\\
'''Dog:''' I was having too much fun. [smirks]

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'': One in-universe narrator speculates that this may be the motivation behind Shemeshka the Marauder, one of several major traders, power brokers, and [[TheChessmaster chessmasters]] in Sigil. She already has everything that she seems to want and more besides, and would lose nothing (visibly) were she to retire, but she's gotten used to amusing herself by playing this game and would miss it.
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* In the "Hero Mode" of ''[[VideoGame/DragonBallZBudokaiTenkaichi Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi]]'', the reason the Earth gets thrown into chaos with the Black Star Dragon Balls is because [[Anime/DragonBallGT Omega Shenron]] thinks, quote, "peace is boring". Finding out that all of this destruction and suffering is for such a frivolous reason is what pushes the [[CharacterCustomization custom character]] to his RageBreakingPoint and allows him to turn [[GoldenSuperMode Super Saiyan]].


* The King of Super villains, The Dark is sometimes prone to this in ''Literature/{{Brennus}}''. His daughter Gloom Glimmer claims the reason the old system for classifying superpowers was so confusing, was because he used his powers to sneak into the meeting of scientists creating it and telepathically screw with their heads. The reason? [[{{Troll}} He was bored]]. Later in the story, when [[TheDragon Wyrm]] questions [[spoiler: why he didn't cut ties with [[TheDarkChick Mindstar]] after discovering someone had altered her and [[TheHero Basil's]] [[FakeMemories memories of their lives]] before living in New Lennston]] he responds with: [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "And ruin the suspense? This is the most interesting thing to happen in years!"]] Cue FacePalm from Wyrm.

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* The King of Super villains, The Dark is sometimes prone to this in ''Literature/{{Brennus}}''. His daughter Gloom Glimmer claims the reason the old system for classifying superpowers was so confusing, was because he used his powers to sneak into the meeting of scientists creating it and telepathically screw with their heads. The reason? [[{{Troll}} He was bored]]. Later in the story, when [[TheDragon Wyrm]] questions [[spoiler: why he didn't cut ties with [[TheDarkChick Mindstar]] after discovering someone had altered her and [[TheHero Basil's]] [[FakeMemories memories of their lives]] before living in New Lennston]] he responds with: [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "And ruin the suspense? This is the most interesting thing to happen in years!"]] years!" Cue FacePalm from Wyrm.


This is the motivation of an amoral character seeking... well, amusement. It's not that they enjoy being good or evil--they may not know or care about the difference--but they do whatever they feel like without regard for others. They don't need a motivation or justification for doing anything beyond the amusement of the act itself. As a result they almost inevitably do things that are dickish, maybe even cruel, but generally not ''outright'' evil. This same character will lead you into a trap, fight you to the death... and then stop on the brink of killing you to laugh and say "Are you all right?" They won't kill the hero, because they find their attempts to save the day amusing, or are intrigued by the sheer selflessness of their thinking. They may help the hero, they may help the villain, they may do both at once or screw over both at once. They are rarely if ever a driving force behind a story, but they nonetheless play a significant role. And why do they do all this? Why do they [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor switch sides so often]]? Why are they [[TheDragon working below]] the BigBad when they're [[DragonWithAnAgenda just as powerful and intelligent as they are]], [[HyperCompetentSidekick if not more?]] Why did they [[FauxYay make out with the hero]] [[IncompatibleOrientation of the same gender]]?

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This is the motivation of an amoral character seeking... well, amusement. It's not that they enjoy being good or evil--they evil — they may not know or care about the difference--but difference — but they do whatever they feel like without regard for others. They don't need a motivation or justification for doing anything beyond the amusement of the act itself. As a result they almost inevitably do things that are dickish, maybe even cruel, but generally not ''outright'' evil. This same character will lead you into a trap, fight you to the death... death… and then stop on the brink of killing you to laugh and say "Are you all right?" They won't kill the hero, because they find their attempts to save the day amusing, or are intrigued by the sheer selflessness of their thinking. They may help the hero, they may help the villain, they may do both at once or screw over both at once. They are rarely if ever a driving force behind a story, but they nonetheless play a significant role. And why do they do all this? Why do they [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor switch sides so often]]? Why are they [[TheDragon working below]] the BigBad when they're [[DragonWithAnAgenda just as powerful and intelligent as they are]], [[HyperCompetentSidekick if not more?]] Why did they [[FauxYay make out with the hero]] [[IncompatibleOrientation of the same gender]]?



Please note, this is different from ForTheEvulz. Whereas a character who commits evil acts For the Evulz does so because they like seeing other people suffering, if this character does evil things it is only because they shatter the boredom of everyday life--the character's not out to hurt anyone per se, but they don't care (much) if they do.

They usually believe VictoryIsBoring, and if they're a PunchClockHero or a PunchClockVillain, they're in it primarily for the entertainment value. They're incredibly dangerous to trust, and even they know it, perhaps noting how foolish the hero is to trust them. In action movies they can be a really awesome fighter, but they won't attack either side unless there's some entertainment value to be had, or if their life is in danger.

If they stick with the good guys all the way through, when victory comes they may leave to have more wacky adventures, or maybe character development will have them taking things more seriously.

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Please note, this is different from ForTheEvulz. Whereas a character who commits evil acts For the Evulz does so because they like seeing other people suffering, if this character does evil things it is only because they shatter the boredom of everyday life--the life — the character's not out to hurt anyone per se, but they don't care (much) if they do.

They usually believe VictoryIsBoring, and if they're a PunchClockHero or a PunchClockVillain, they're in it primarily for the entertainment value. They're incredibly dangerous to trust, and even they know it, perhaps noting how foolish the hero is to trust them. In action movies movies, they can be a really awesome fighter, but they won't attack either side unless there's some entertainment value to be had, or if their life is in danger.

If they stick with the good guys all the way through, when victory comes comes, they may leave to have more wacky adventures, or maybe character development will have them taking things more seriously.



As you may have noticed, the line dividing For the Evulz and It Amused Me is something of an academic distinction. It is often hard to tell from a single act whether a character enjoys evil actions solely for the amusement value of the acts (It Amused Me) or whether they also/mostly enjoy the thrill of acting evilly (For the Evulz). Generally, a character who truly does things For the Evulz will do things that aren't fun or interesting in the name of evil, which they seek at every opportunity -- a character who does things because It Amused Them wouldn't bother because if it's not fun or interesting, why do it? Such characters are not necessarily without a sense of morality, as they have been known to minimize the collateral damage of their schemes, for example, or even to ''stop'' what they're doing if they think they're harming the 'wrong' person or people. Someone motivated by For the Evulz would never do this.

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As you may have noticed, the line dividing For the Evulz and It Amused Me is something of an academic distinction. It is often hard to tell from a single act whether a character enjoys evil actions solely for the amusement value of the acts (It Amused Me) or whether they also/mostly enjoy the thrill of acting evilly (For the Evulz). Generally, a character who truly does things For the Evulz will do things that aren't fun or interesting in the name of evil, which they seek at every opportunity -- — a character who does things because It Amused Them wouldn't bother because if it's not fun or interesting, why do it? Such characters are not necessarily without a sense of morality, as they have been known to minimize the collateral damage of their schemes, for example, or even to ''stop'' what they're doing if they think they're harming the 'wrong' person or people. Someone motivated by For the Evulz would never do this.



** In the first chapter, Ryuk, a god of death, drops his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin notebook of death]] in the human world because he's bored. It falls into the hands of Light Yagami, who decides to use it to try bending the world to his will because, he explains, he too is bored, though his boredom extends to the point of outright disgust. He plays far too many unnecessary -- but entertaining -- mind games with the police for it to be anything else.
** Light's primary antagonist L, a supergenius detective, as an {{expy}} of SherlockHolmes chases Light's alter ego for the lulz. Part of L's reputation, again like SherlockHolmes, is that he refuses to take on a case that doesn't interest and challenge him, even though he's leagues above the rest of the world's police.
** L's behavior is imitated by his fellow detectives [[spoiler: and successors]] Near (who wants to win the game) and Mello (who wants to defeat Near in the game). This is made apparent in the one shot special when Near refuses to try and go after C-Kira because he wasn't interested. He believes L would have done the same.

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** In the first chapter, Ryuk, a god of death, drops his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin notebook of death]] in the human world because he's bored. It falls into the hands of Light Yagami, who decides to use it to try bending the world to his will because, he explains, he too is bored, though his boredom extends to the point of outright disgust. He plays far too many unnecessary -- — but entertaining -- — mind games with the police for it to be anything else.
** Light's primary antagonist L, a supergenius detective, as an {{expy}} of SherlockHolmes SherlockHolmes, chases Light's alter ego for the lulz. Part of L's reputation, again like SherlockHolmes, is that he refuses to take on a case that doesn't interest and challenge him, even though he's leagues above the rest of the world's police.
** L's behavior is imitated by his fellow detectives [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and successors]] Near (who wants to win the game) and Mello (who wants to defeat Near in the game). This is made apparent in the one shot special when Near refuses to try and go after C-Kira because he wasn't interested. He believes L would have done the same.



* In ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'', the character Wang Liu Mei is TheMole during the entire series, pretending to be a valuable ally to the heroes, but then passing information on to the villains (and vice versa). As she expresses several times, she's simply bored and wants to see the world change -- but doesn't care at all whether it is for good or ill.

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* In ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'', the character Wang Liu Mei is TheMole during the entire series, pretending to be a valuable ally to the heroes, but then passing information on to the villains (and vice versa). As she expresses several times, she's simply bored and wants to see the world change -- — but doesn't care at all whether it is for good or ill.


* ''Literature/VoidDomain'': The DemonLord Zagan bestows his RealityWarping power on [[spoiler:Juliana Rivas]] because he's [[TimeAbyss old]] and bored and wants to see what she, an insignificant human who was [[RefugeInAudacity gutsy enough]] to invoke him, does with it. The catch: he'll explosively DePower her if she fails to amuse him.

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* ''Literature/VoidDomain'': The DemonLord Zagan the [[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Pillar of Hell]] bestows his RealityWarping power on [[spoiler:Juliana Rivas]] because he's [[TimeAbyss old]] and bored and wants to see what she, an insignificant human who was [[RefugeInAudacity gutsy enough]] to invoke him, does with it. The catch: he'll explosively DePower her if she fails to amuse him.

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* ''Literature/VoidDomain'': The DemonLord Zagan bestows his RealityWarping power on [[spoiler:Juliana Rivas]] because he's [[TimeAbyss old]] and bored and wants to see what she, an insignificant human who was [[RefugeInAudacity gutsy enough]] to invoke him, does with it. The catch: he'll explosively DePower her if she fails to amuse him.


* From ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the Brain Gremlin after he shoots one of his fellows in the face with a pistol:
--> "Now, was that civilized? No, clearly not. ''Fun'', but in no sense civilized!"

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* From ''Film/Gremlins2TheNewBatch'', the Brain Gremlin after he shoots one of his fellows less mature peers in the face with a pistol:
--> "Now, -->"Now, was that civilized? No, clearly not. ''Fun'', but in no sense civilized!"


* In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', John the Bastard decides to destroy an innocent woman's reputation and wreak havoc on polite society in Messina for little other reason than because he ''can.''


* The man with the hat from ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', given that most of his character is based around his nonchalant cruelty. His exploits include feeding rocks to children in parks; selling angry bobcats to people through the internet in place of office chairs; and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pretending to smile at people on trains, so that when they smile back, he has an opportunity to leer at them]].

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* The man with the hat from ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', given that most of his character is based around his [[ComedicSociopath nonchalant cruelty.cruelty]]. His exploits include feeding rocks to children in parks; selling angry bobcats to people through the internet in place of office chairs; and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pretending to smile at people on trains, so that when they smile back, he has an opportunity to leer at them]].

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